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Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell has accepted an invitation to play in the East West Shrine game.

This year's tight end class is not very intriguing in terms of first or second day picks, but the Shrine staff has done well in finding some possible gems in Bell, Wes Saxton, MyCole Pruitt and A.J. Derby. Bell joins Derby as two former quarterbacks making the position switch.
Dec 20 - 11:14 AM

Oklahoma junior WR Sterling Shepard said he has "no intention of leaving" for the NFL after the season.

Shepard did confirm, however, that he submitted information seeking feedback from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Shepard would be smart to stick around in Norman for another year. He has quick feet and a crafty game, allowing him to navigate tight spaces, but Shepard's skills don't scream front-line NFL receiver. He does look like a nice slot option. Shepard is averaging 119 receiving yards per game, and has totaled 50 receptions for 957 yards and five touchdowns despite missing games since November with a groin injury.
Dec 19 - 9:47 PM's Charles Davis advises Oklahoma junior DE Charles Tapper to return to school.

"Tapper is still young in terms of his football career given his basketball background," Davis wrote. "He continues to improve, although his numbers dipped a bit this season, and another year in school certainly won't hurt him. Sooners defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery is highly respected and another year under his tutelage would no doubt enhance Tapper in the eyes of evaluators." Tapper has NFL talent, obviously, but his stock could undoubtedly use another year of maturation, as Round 1 isn't in the cards this spring.
Dec 18 - 4:11 PM

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops mentioned that redshirt sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham hasn’t made a decision on whether to enter the NFL draft, according to Tulsa World's Guerin Emig.

DGB was dismissed from Missouri after unlawfully forcing his way into an apartment seeking his girlfriend, and then pushing a different woman down stairs. He was never charged. ESPN's Mel Kiper has noted that "Even though he was kicked off the team at Missouri, his talent level may be too tantalizing to pass up." Kiper believes that if DGB "comes back (he's enrolled at Oklahoma now), stays out of trouble, and plays well, he's a first-rounder next year." It's possible, if Green-Beckham made the jump to the NFL now, his name could be in the first round discussion.
Dec 18 - 3:10 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper sees Oklahoma redshirt sophomore DT Jordan Phillips as a potential draft riser during the post-season process if he decides to leave early.

The 6-foot-6, 324-pounder has the ability to collapse pockets and get into the backfield consistently. "If he jumps, you could see him rise during the process because he's such a freak athlete and has the huge frame," Kiper wrote. The analyst currently ranks Phillips as the No. 5 defensive tackle in the class. Phillips isn't just a clogger due to his nice blend of quickness and agility.
Dec 17 - 11:10 PM

Sooners head coach Bob Stoops said QB Trevor Knight, RB Samaje Perine and WR Sterling Shepard are all expected to play in the Russell Athletic Bowl versus Clemson.

Knight, who was cleared to return last week, has missed time due to a neck injury. Perine left the season finale versus Oklahoma State in the third quarter after spraining his ankle, though his bowl availability was never questioned. Shepard has been out since suffering a groin injury on November 1. Obviously this is great news for the school. Without Knight, the passing game cratered, while Perine leads the Sooners with 1,579 rushing ards and 21 touchdowns and Shepard leads the squad with 957 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
Dec 17 - 7:48 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Oklahoma senior T Tyrus Thompson "struggles with leverage and technique, making too many mental mistakes at the position."

"Although he has athletic gifts for a big man, Thompson struggles with leverage and technique, making too many mental mistakes at the position. He will need to play a near-flawless game to keep future first rounder Vic Beasley out of the backfield and away from Trevor Knight," Brugler wrote. With a strong outing against Beasley it could help his stock on some draft boards.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 17 - 3:19 PM

Oklahoma senior LB Geneo Grissom's "build, burst and power" is "certainly intriguing" writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Asked to switch from defensive end to tight end back to defensive end and then finally linebacker may have stunted the development of Grissom's instincts and technique but his combined totals over the past two years (79 tackles, including 15.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks) speak to his talent," Rang wrote. "A team willing to gamble on Grissom could be handsomely rewarded." The 6-foot-4, 247-pound Grissom will be playing in the Senior Bowl next month, so he'll have ample opportunity to display that potential for scouts.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 14 - 5:14 PM

Oklahoma redshirt sophomore QB Trevor Knight has been cleared to practice and play in the school's bowl game against Clemson.

Knight dealt with transient quadriplegia for quite some time as the result of a hit by Baylor edge rusher Shawn Oakman. Knight's best game as a Sooner came against Alabama in the school's bowl game last season. Oklahoma is hoping for a repeat.
Dec 13 - 11:51 AM

Upon speaking with NFL scouts, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel concluded that Oklahoma junior OLB Eric Striker "is a difficult player to evaluate."

"He makes plays but he's so small," said one scout. "He's an outside rusher. I'm just trying to figure out what you do with him. He's not going to get any bigger but he ends up with a bunch of sacks." Striker is one of the nation's most disruptive defenders, but it's difficult to neatly project the 6-foot, 218-pounder into an NFL role. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote in October that Striker "doesn't have ideal size, but his active athleticism in coverage and rushing the passer will make him appealing to versatile 3-4 schemes."
Dec 9 - 9:46 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Oklahoma redshirt sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham would have challenged Amari Cooper as the top WR in the draft "if not for his significant off-field red flags."

"Even though he was kicked off the team at Missouri, his talent level may be too tantalizing to pass up," Kiper wrote. Many analysts rate DGB as the draft's most physically talented receiver, though it's difficult to ascertain at the moment how far NFL teams will drop him down their boards (if he stays on them at all) due to his well-documented problematic past. "There are other good wideouts in this draft, and Green-Beckham could get passed on," Kiper wrote. "If he comes back (he's enrolled at Oklahoma now), stays out of trouble, and plays well, he's a first-rounder next year." We think Green-Beckham would be in the Round 1 mix if he declares early.
Dec 9 - 8:41 PM

Oklahoma redshirt sophomore CB Zack Sanchez intercepted a pass in Saturday's loss to Oklahoma State.

Sanchez had five interceptions in the Sooners' first six games, but this was his first since. Due to his early-season work,'s Bucky Brooks wrote that Sanchez had "garnered significant attention" in NFL circles. "He is an aggressive cover corner with a knack for getting his hands on the ball on the perimeter," Brooks wrote. "While some evaluators are a little concerned about his gambling ways, Sanchez's ball production and active hands make him an intriguing prospect for teams willing to live with his penchant for freelancing." Sanchez has two seasons of collegiate eligibility remaining.
Dec 7 - 8:28 PM

Oklahoma freshman RB Samaje Perine's sprained ankle has his status for OU's bowl game up in the air.

Perine left Saturday's loss to Oklahoma State in the third quarter after hurting his ankle. "He has a sprained ankle. How severe, I'm not sure. I think he will be OK here soon," Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. Perine, who broke Melvin Gordon's FBS record for rushing yards in a game when he rolled for 427 against Kansas last month, has 1,579 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns this season.
Dec 7 - 5:27 PM

Oklahoma senior TE Blake Bell caught two passes for 59 yards in Saturday's 38-35 loss to Oklahoma State.

Despite a relatively minor stat-line, Bell actually led the team with his 59 yards. Quarterback Cody Thomas only passed for 120 yards in the contest, as the Sooners limited risk by keeping the ball on the ground. Bell's been dealing with a minor knee injury. He's turned into a quality blocking tight end if nothing else and his physical tools (6-foot-6, 260 pounds, 4.97 forty) could be intriguing to a team in the late rounds, though anybody picking him will have to project a little as to Bell's place in a pro passing game.
Dec 6 - 7:38 PM

Oklahoma sophomore RB Keith Ford rushed for 90 yards on nine carries in Saturday's 38-35 loss to Oklahoma State.

Ford had to fill in for freshman Samaje Perine after Perine was felled by an ankle injury in the third quarter. He did a serviceable imitation, with over half his yards coming on a 56-yard scamper. The sophomore has been Wally Pipped a bit after suffering a foot injury in September, as Perine exploded onto the scene during the former's five-game absence and did not relinquish the starting role. Coming into the season, Ford was considered by many to be the Sooners' best runner.'s Gil Brandt called him a "future star" over the summer. With less competition, he'd probably have more breakout potential. He ends his season with 383 yards and five touchdowns on 67 carries.
Dec 6 - 7:25 PM

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